Just like in nature, growth can be a very slow process that can be hard to recognize at the moment. Oftentimes we don’t even realize it until after the fact but there are some clues along the way with “growing pains” that you may be missing in your current state.
You may be growing if…
- You’re frustrated
We won’t ever change if we aren’t challenged. Oftentimes frustration arises in areas where we need growth but don’t quite know how to get there or what needs to be modified to achieve that.
- You’re having to let go
Growth often requires new thoughts, new patterns, new opportunities. Yet, in order to take hold of those we sometimes have to let go of what we are currently clutching on to. It can feel scary to release things and you may fall into the mentality that “the devil you know is better than the one you don’t know.”
- You are unsatisfied
What has previously worked for you is no longer satisfying you and you want more, even if you’re unsure of what “more” looks like.
While those scenarios may feel uncomfortable and you may even be tempted to label them as “negative” they are all a very natural part of the growing process. Just like a caterpillar has to go inside a cocoon to change, struggle and ultimately dissolve before transforming into a beautiful butterfly there may be a “messy middle” as you work through the growth period. Stick with it, and know that the otherside will be a better version of yourself.
A licensed therapist can guide and support you through life transitions, to help you navigate where you’re looking to go as you sift through what no longer, and what does still serve you along this new journey.